The Glenn Dyer breakdown: As expected, another easy win for Seven thanks to My Kitchen Rules and Packed To the Rafters. And that means the network has already won week two of 2013 ratings. Nine was a distant second and Ten was crunched again in some markets, with MasterChef: The Professionals falling to a miserable 411,000 in metro markets and just 564,000 nationally. That’s terrible, and it pulled down NCIS, which averaged 625,000 metro and 886,000 national viewers from 8.30pm.
ABC1’s Foreign Correspondent with 552,000 (and 842,000 nationally) easily out-rated MasterChef: The Professionals from 8pm with a good report on the impending Italian elections. It seems the cooking was mostly over on Seven and those craving a bit of intelligence were on ABC1 (7.30pm also out-rated MasterChef: The Professionals from 7.30pm), and the rest were either on SBS or Blocking over on Nine.
My Kitchen Rules averaged more than 1.9 million metro and over 2.8 million national viewers. Packed to the Rafters averaged more then 1.3 million metro and over 2 million national viewers, as it remains very popular in regional markets. MKR and Packed to the Rafters gave Seven another big night in the regions, and the week is over there as well.
Nine News won Sydney, Melbourne (by a huge 155,000) and Brisbane. Seven won Adelaide and Perth (by 102,000). Today Tonight won Sydney but lost Melbourne (by 129,000) and Brisbane by 17,000. Today Tonight won Perth by 92,000 and Adelaide by 48,000. Both Today Tonight and A Current Affair couldn’t muster a million viewers or more last night, which is a worry for the longevity of both programs. Thanks again to strong shares in regional markets, especially Tasmania and WA, Seven News ended up winning nationally by just 5,000 viewers. Today Tonight maintained its lead nationally and won 1.249 million to 1.163 million for A Current Affair. That’s still a tasty 2.4 million viewers between the two across the country, which is well worth fighting for. But sub-one million totals for the metro markets are now more and more common.
At The Movies returned to ABC1 at 9.30pm and had a strong outing — 492,000 metro and 648,000 national viewers, better than its previous slot on Wednesdays at 10pm in 2013.
Program update: ABC TV confirmed this morning that Chris Lilley’s new six-part series is in production and will air later in the year but provided no further details. His two best series were We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High, which were big hits. The last series, Angry Boys, did well in downloads and recording, but its overnight and live figures dropped as the series progressed, indicating its core audience went off it.
Tonight: Tonight is Shaun Micallef’s, with his satirical Mad As Hell returning to ABC1 at 8pm and then his new gig in Mr and Mrs Murder debuting on Ten at 8.30pm. Ten returns The Good Wife at 9.30pm. Seven has MKR and then starts its much-hyped series Last Resort at 8.40pm. Nine has another episode of The Block All Stars that runs 90 minutes, which is way too long, but is Nine’s attempt to try and blunt MKR.
The top 10 national programs (metro & regional combined):
- My Kitchen Rules (Seven) — 2.862 million.
- Packed To The Rafters (Seven) — 2.108 million.
- Seven News — 1.762 million.
- Nine News — 1.755 million.
- The Block All Stars (Nine) — 1.609 million.
- The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.478 million.
- Home and Away (Seven) — 1.413 million.
- ABC1 News — 1.371 million.
- Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.249 million.
- A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.163 million.
The metro winners:
- My Kitchen Rules (Seven, 7.30pm) — 1.978 million
- Packed To The Rafters (Seven, 8.45pm) — 1.341 million.
- Nine News (6pm) — 1.215 million.
- Seven News (6pm) — 1.145 million.
- The Block All Stars (Nine, 7pm) — 1.095 million.
- The Big Bang Theory (Nine, 8.30pm) — 1.012 million.
The losers: Ten and especially MasterChef: The Professionals, its lowest ever figures. This series is endangering the normal program later in the year.Metro news and current affairs: A solid effort by Foreign Correspondent and by SBS’s flagships, Insight and Dateline.
- Nine News (6pm) — 1.215 million.
- Seven News (6pm) — 1.145 million.
- Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30pm) — 992,000.
- A Current Affair (Nine, 6.30 pm) — 975,000.
- ABC News (7pm) — 939,000.
- Ten News (5pm) — 673,000.
- 7.30 (ABC1) — 613,000.
- Foreign Correspondent (ABC1, 8pm) — 552,000.
- The Project (Ten, 6.30pm) — 502,000.
- Ten News (10.30pm) — 239,000.
- Insight (SBS ONE, 8.30pm) — 227,000.
- Dateline (SBS ONE, 9.30pm) — 163,000.
- SBS News (6.30pm) — 161,000.
- Lateline (ABC1, 10.30pm) — 153,000.
- The Business (ABC1, 11.05pm) — 99,000 = 28,000 on News 24
- World News Late (SBS ONE, 10.30pm) — 66,000.
- The Drum (News 24, 6pm) — 32,000.
In the morning: A second successive win for Today, the first for 2013.
- Today (Nine, 7am) — 389,000.
- Sunrise (Seven, 7am) — 372,000.
- The Morning Show (Seven, 9am) — 135,000.
- Mornings (Nine, 9 am) — 122,000.
- News Breakfast (ABC1, 7am) — 52,000 + 31,000 on News 24
Metro free to air: Seven (three channels) won with a share of 37.1% from Nine (three) on 24.2%, the ABC (four) was on 16.7%, Ten (three) was on 16.5%, and SBS (three) ended with 5.5%. Seven leads the week with 34.4%, from Nine on 26.2%, the ABC is on 17.9% and Ten is on 16.95.
Main channels: Seven won with a share of 30.4%, from Nine on 19.2%, ABC1 was on 12.7%, Ten was on 11.7% and SBS ONE was on 4.0%. Seven leads the week with 27.2% from Nine on 20.3%, ABC1 is on 13.6% and Ten is on 11.9%.
Metro digital: Meanwhile, 7TWO won with a share of 3.8% from 7mate on 2.9%, Eleven and GO were on 2.7% each, ABC2 was on 2.6%, Gem was on 2.3%, ONE ended on 2.1%, SBS TWO was on 1.5%, News 24 was on 0.8%, ABC3 was on 0.6% and NITV didn’t register and reported 0%. The 11 channels had an free-to-air share last night of a low 21.0%. Seven channels 7TWO and 7mate lead the week, with 3.6% each, from GO on 3.1%.
Metro including pay TV: Seven (three channels) won with a share of 31.% from Nine (three) on 20.2%, the ABC (four) was on 14%, Ten (three) was on 13.8% and SBS (three) ended with 4.6%. The 16 free-to-air channels’ viewing share last night was 85.7%, made up of a low 16.7% for the 11 digital channels and a high 69% for the five main channels. The 200-plus channels on Foxtel gave pay TV a share last night of 14.3%.
The top five pay TV channels were:
- Fox 8 — 3%.
- TV 1 — 2.5%.
- LifeStyle — 2%.
- UKTV, Sky News — 1.6%.
- FX — 1.5%.
The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:
- The Walking Dead (FX) — 145,000.
- Eastenders (UKTV) — 69,000.
- Coronation Street (UKTV) — 67,000.
- The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 60,000.
- Futurama (Fox ) — 58,000.
Regional: Prime/7Qld (three channels) won with a share of 37.6%, from WIN/NBN on 24.8%, the ABC (four) was next with 16.3%, SC Ten (three) was on 16.2% and SBS (three) was on 5.2%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 29.5%, from WIN/NBN on 18.6% and ABC1 with 11.5% and SC Ten on 11.1%. 7TWO won the digitals with 5.2%, from Gem with 3.2% and GO with 3%. The 11 digital channels had a free-to-air share of 25.6%. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 35.1% from WIN/NBN on 27.6%, the ABC on 17.3% and SC Ten on 15.6%.
The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:
- My Kitchen Rules — 884,000.
- Packed To The Rafters — 767,000.
- Seven News — 618,000.
- Nine News — 539,000.
- The Block –– 514,000.
Major metro markets: A clean sweep for Seven (overall and the main channels) in the five metro markets. Nine was second everywhere in both. In Sydney the ABC and ABC1 were third in both, as they were in Adelaide. In Melbourne the ABC was third overall and in Brisbane and Adelaide, ABC1 was third in the main channels. Ten was third overall in Brisbane and Adelaide and third in the main channels in Melbourne. In Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth 7TWO won the digitals. In Brisbane 7mate won. Seven leads in all five metro markets and has the week sown up. Nine is second and Ten is third in Brisbane and Adelaide, while the ABC remains third in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
(All shares on the basis of combined overnight 6pm to midnight All People)
Source: Oztam, TV Networks data.